Sunday, April 19, 2009

What's Growing in Your Garden?

Well the Celebration is behind us. Many happy potters gave us nice compliments as did many of the customers.

Now I am contemplating just growing a garden (period)! Parley, dill, oregano, tarragon and cilantro are up and growing in the new brick raised herb beds in the veg garden. Along with tomatoes, radishes, daikon, spinach, beans and onions.

100 baby basils are growing in their little pots, soon to have some new homes here and there, as well as 55 red bells and a couple of Swiss Chards. And again this year my linguisas sprouted-I seperated them today into their own pots. Gloria and I are going to do a trade, as are Pam and I!

The big azaela lived through the construction, though smaller than it used to be!

The clematis are beautiful on both sides of the fence. And for you water hyacinth issue followers....that is part of the pond in the left photo. Nothing like last year, but, alas a ways to go! And the deck that the "happy hour" will soon take place on!! Hummingbirds have emptied that feeder already!

And my beautiful purple columbines never fail! Next to the Asiatic lilies that I transplanted when the carport came down last summer. Multiplied by many.

We are so pleased that so many of the plants came back and are coming on strong. Spring is a great time! Wes and I are into our next outdoors project which we have really been enjoying working on together. More on that soon!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Another New Watch

Sterling silver, hand patterned with ferns.
2 8mm turquoise stones
Double toggle closure

Monday, April 6, 2009

Celebration of Spring in Seagrove-Part One

The first part of the Celebration of Spring in Seagrove is done! The firing at the NC Pottery Center was Saturday. Samantha has a great documentary of the day on her blog if any of you haven't read it. Sam has been our "official photographer" for this and also she does all the postings for our events.

Takuro and Hitomi deserve a huge thank you! They helped me understand what I needed to do to organize the firing and create the firing schedule. Hitomi has fired the kiln more than anyone and understands it best. She was a team leader with Chad on loading the kiln and she and Takuro were the leaders for the final shift.

Morning crew lead by Fred Johnston with Scott Thomas, Susan and Tim Greene and Eck McCanless. they started about 4:30am! Susan and I are Co-Chairs for Publicity and marketing. She worked closely with the printer and our flyer was mailed out to almost 13,000 people. If you didn't receive one and want to be on our mailing list go to and sign up.

Ben Owen III stopped by mid-afternoon at a point where there was a lot of uneven heating going on. So he went to work helping out until we could get Takuro and Hitomi back.

Takuro, Chad, David, Michael, Alexa and part of Susan

At 6:30 we had a pot luck dinner (Bonnie Burns chief organizer). I don't know why I didn't get photos of all the great food. We had all kinds of things from venison to spinach salad! And a great turn out of potters and friends in the community. A week from today pots will be unloaded, the kiln cleaned and everyone that had pieces in the firing will select a pot to donate to the NCPC annual auction on the 18th. Plan to visit Seagrove then.

Pick up a map and the listing of kiln openings and special events (or print it from our web page). After a day of shopping with the potters you cn return to the NCPC for the auction at 5pm. Don't forget though, the silent auction will run from 2-4pm so a stop in there to bid should be in thep lans as well!

Thursday, April 2, 2009